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Music was made to be loved. We just made loving it easier. With Google Play Music for Chrome, you can now keep all the music you love in the cloud so that you always have it. To add new music, enable the “Google Play Music for Chrome” lab at play.google.com/music/listen#/labs. Then simply drag and drop songs into your Google Play Music library. If you have a lot of music in iTunes or if you want new music to be added automatically, you can configure this by clicking “Add Music” at the top right of play.google.com/music

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And here's the second piece I played at my recital. Thanks again to +Sarah Macway for help with the video!

Mendelssohn: Andante Religioso, from Sonata IV, Op. 65
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Nice! I forgot to ask you this time (and we were kind of on a tight deadline because I wanted to get these recorded before we went on vacation), but I'll be sure to let you know when I've got another piece ready to record. Maybe I'll get that Elgar piece I've been working on up to recording quality!
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Music lovers, the wait is over! The #GooglePlayMusic app is now available for iOS: http://goo.gl/9c0eO7.

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Yay! And in time for our trip! Woohoo! So excited :D
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The Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church Choir (in which I sing tenor) has its Spring Concert this Sunday, and you're invited!

The concert will open with the Requiem by Duruflé, which will be accompanied by organ and orchestra (including harp!). This is my favorite piece of the concert. The music is just so sublime: evoking everything from a serene angelic chorus to deliverance from hell itself! The organ accompaniment is also more prominent and virtuosic than many other pieces we've performed, which makes sense because Duruflé was an organist at both Notre-Dame (assistant) and Saint-Étienne-du-Mont in Paris (titular).

Up next is a definite change of pace with "Feel the Spirit," a set of spirituals arranged by John Rutter. Staring with a jazzy arrangement of "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho" and going on to an audience sing-along as the grand finale of the evening!

Hope to see you there!

When: Sunday, 3/23, 7:30 p.m.
Where: SVPC sanctuary

No tickets or anything, just a free will offering.

http://svpc.us/sermons/choir_concert.php
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Here's one of the pieces I'll play in my next organ recital tomorrow.

Thanks to +Sarah Macway for the camera work!

Bach: Prelude & Fugue in D minor, BWV 554
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The Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church choir (in which I sing tenor) has its Christmas Concert this Sunday, and you're invited!

The concert will open with the Christmas Oratorio by Camille Saint-Saëns, which will be accompanied by strings, harp, and organ. We also have five soloists!

Up next is Gwyneth Walker’s Alpha and Omega. It's a pretty new composition (2009), and will make full use of the orchestra, percussion, choir, and soloists. The super energetic final movement of this piece is definitely going to be a highlight of the concert for me, but I'm probably biased because it includes the lyric "let the organ thunder!"

After all that serious stuff, we'll go for something lighter with A Musicological Journey through the Twelve Days of Christmas by Craig Courtney. This is a hilarious piece that pairs each day of the carol with a particular style of music, starting with Gregorian chant. Ever heard a Christmas carol sung to the tune of Ride of the Valkyries? You will!

And of course, we'll close with three familiar carol settings by David Willcocks (it's an audience sing-along!) accompanied by full orchestra and organ.

Hope to see you there!

When: Sunday, 12/8, 7:30 p.m.
Where: SVPC sanctuary

No tickets or anything, just a free will offering.

http://svpc.us/sermons/choir_concert.php
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Sorry, it's a bit late for my family to attend. If there's ever a matinee, let me know!
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Fascinating video on the history of chip music. For example, did you know that the reason most chip tunes are at 150 bpm is because of the refresh rates of NTSC and PAL?
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Pretty hilarious history of cpu design: https://www.usenix.org/system/files/1309_14-17_mickens.pdf

An excerpt: "... now you’re up to  96% accuracy, and the branches call you on the phone and say OK, WE GET IT, YOU DO  NOT LIKE BRANCHES, but the phone call goes to your voicemail because you’re too busy driving the speed boats and wearing the monocles that you purchased after your promotion at work"
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I just read the first paragraph and it looks amazing.
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So long, Linode. It's been a great ride, but everything I used to need my own VPS for is now available as (mostly) free services from other companies. Sad to see the end of an era, but glad to be free of the monthly bill and server admin work!

Also, I recommend checking out http://blogtrottr.com/. My rss2email feed was the last reason for keeping this server around. Blogtrottr does an even better job than rss2email, and somebody else gets to run the server!
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